Grapevine Mustang Band

November 5, 2021

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

  • If you have been fitted for your concert tuxedo or dress, please take them home and hang them up.
  • November 8th Masterclasses for students auditioning at All Region. Winds 5pm - 7pm/Percussion 7pm - 9pm.
  • Need help with your All Region Music? Sign up here for one-on-one help!
  • Middle School Region Help needed. See below to sign up!
  • Below is information for the first ever National Youth Wind Ensemble. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students at GHS to audition and perform with the best of the best high school students from the nation.
  • The band calendar at is your one-stop shop for all dates and times.
  • Join the 2021-22 Remind! Info below. Everyone needs to join the Remind.
  • All band fees should be paid in full. Please refer to the Band Fee Payment document for more information. Please note: if you are paying through PayPal and do not send the payment directly to, the processing fees will be charged to your Charms account.
  • See below for Band Booster Notes, Volunteer opportunities, etc.! It takes a village!
  • Lessons are available for all members of the band program. Please go to and set up lessons if you have not already.
  • "Transcend" tumblers are available. Email to secure yours! We only have a limited number left!
  • All Families can raise funds for their individual band account NOW with the Scrip Fundraiser. See below for details.
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  • 8:40-9:36 - All
  • 5:00-7:00 - Winds All Region Masterclasses
  • 7:00-9:00 - Percussion All Region Masterclass


  • 7:30-9:36 - Guard
  • 8:00-9:36 - Wind Ensemble
  • 8:40-9:36 - Honors/Symphonic Bands


  • 8:00 - Wind Ensemble
  • 8:40-9:36 - Honors/Symphonic/Guard


  • 8:00-9:36 - Wind Ensemble
  • 8:40-9:36 - Honors/Symphonic Bands/Guard
  • GHS Mustangs vs Wichita Falls


  • 8:00 - Wind Ensemble
  • 8:40-9:36 - Honors/Symphonic/Guard
  • 4:30-6:00 - Musical Rehearsal
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Musical auditions begin next week! You will audition on sight reading for Mr. Rees, the signup schedule is on his office door.

Fall Rehearsals:

Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the Band Hall

Spring Rehearsals:

TBD at the end of the semester

Performance Dates:

January 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th in the GHS auditorium

Students that are chosen to play in the musical will be required to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Oklahoma calls for the following instruments and multiple players will be used on each part:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Guitar

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Pit Crew Scholarship

The Pit Crew Scholarship recognizes and rewards senior members of the GHS Mustang Band who maintain a good academic standing and who exemplify what might be called the “pit crew work ethic” – working behind the scenes, doing unglamorous but necessary work, without seeking a reward other than helping the band. Band member(s) who are selected to receive a scholarship are recognized at the annual band banquet with a financial award that can range from $500 - $1000. The link to apply for a Pit Crew Scholarship will be posted on the Band Website on November 1st, 2021. The deadline to submit an application will be November 15th, 2021.
Pit Crew Scholarship Form

Deadline - November 15

HEB Scholarship

H-E-B Scholarship Program

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA

  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months

  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted

  • A Letter of Recommendation

  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships. Please make your students and/or support staff aware of this opportunity.

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Candle info here

See a guard member or contact to order!

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We have 1 more Varsity home game this year on November 5th (also Senior Night).

We really need help in both stands, biggest need is the second shift (South Stand needs 6 and North Stand needs 5). Please sign up!!

Thank you to all who have volunteered and to those that haven’t yet and are willing to try. I guarantee you will have fun!!/showSignUp/5080A4CA8AE2CA3FE3-ghsband

Senior Night Reminders:

** Senior parents please arrive at 6:00 p.m. to line up on the sidelines of the home side. Look for signs to direct you where to go. Angela Hall and Uma Benzick will be waiting for you.

** Remind friends and family it's happening before the game this year (6:20 p.m.) Let's all come out early and support our Seniors!!

** Parents must enter AND exit at the gate by the field house that leads directly to the field. ( NO stair access back up to the stands)

**Don't forget to purchase a ticket, you will need it to get back in to the stadium:

Thank you so much to the parents who are helping with the event, working concessions, chaperoning, helping with meals, or taking pictures to make Senior Night special for our senior parents and students to honor the legacy that they are leaving for those band kids coming behind them!!!


Please check your CHARMS balances as they have been updated as of 10/25/21. Everyone was emailed their account statements this week for review.

New York City Trip:

We are going to make a payment directly to the travel company on November 15th , based upon credits you may have in your Charms account.


PLAYOFF LAUNDRY NEEDs: Mustang Football has made playoffs, so the band will attend to promote excitement and spirit during each of their games. SO, we have a few more added slots for band laundry. Please consider giving a little more of your time and energy to keep our band members "smelling like roses. “

CONCERT ATTIRE: If you have been fitted into your concert attire (tuxedos and dresses), Please Take These Items Home. Since we have assigned those items to you, you are responsible for them. If items are lost, torn, or soiled while sitting in the Band Hallway, the student is still responsible. Take them home and hang them up nice and neat.

Corporate Sponsorships:

We are still actively seeking corporate sponsorships, please see the form below.

Start Raising Money NOW!

Scrip is a great way to raise money for your individual band account!


Stay Connected


Students/Parents should login and update their CHARMS information. This is our primary form of communication, and it is important to have accurate information.

If you have any questions, or have trouble logging in to your account, please contact Ms. Irby. (

Charms Link


All students and parents must join the Remind Groups. We use Remind to communicate quickly during events and will only send out messages that are important for everyone. Visit the band website for details.


You may pay for your child’s fees easily with a credit card using a Pay Pal account. To use this feature, click on the “Finances” button then choose the “Make A Trip Payment” button. If you have not set up a Pay Pal account, you will be given an option to do so. Choose to pay using your credit card, debit card, or bank account. Make secure purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to the GHS Band or the CHARMS system. PayPal offers one of the safest platforms for online commerce with fraud rates at a fraction of those of typical e-commerce offerings. PayPal offers ease and flexibility, accepting all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), as well as all major debit cards and direct transfers. Please be aware that there is a fee to pay by credit card.